Poor road markings 'putting car insurance holders' lives at risk'

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Car insurance policyholders and their passengers' lives are being put at risk by poor white line markings on some roads, a safety group has warned.

The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) said half the markings on certain roads in Yorkshire, Sussex and Lancashire were below minimum standards.

In some cases, there were badly-worn lines and, in others, none at all, raising the concern more motor insurance holders could be involved in road accidents.

George Lee, national director of the RSMA, said: "This report flags up some serious concerns for the overall conditions of our road network.
"The failure to maintain road markings may be a contributory factor to the number of fatal and serious accidents on these roads."
A five-mile section of the A6135 north of Sheffield was found to have the worst road markings in the survey. Some 75 per cent of white lines were either highly worn or non-existent.

Recently, the Institute of Advanced Motorists warned that government cuts could result in roads in the UK being less safe.

Posted by Claire Carter

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